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5-Minute Vegan Banana Bread Mug Cake with walnuts & chocolate chips

Have you got a browning banana you need to use up before it goes bad? Then use it to make this fast & simple Vegan Banana Bread Mug Cake that only takes 5 minutes!

This quick dessert will hit that sweet craving spot without sacrificing your health.

Health Benefits of Bananas

Bananas have tons of health benefits! They contain many nutrients like potassium, magnesium, fiber, vitamin C, and other phytonutrients & antioxidants.

The soluble fiber in bananas can improve gut health, as well as, increase the feeling of fullness. The potassium & magnesium in the bananas can also support heart health.

Whole Food Plant-Based Banana Bread Mug Cake

This Banana Bread Mug Cake is also whole food plant based or WFPB and even oil-free. There’s really no need to add oil because the banana keeps it plenty moist.

This recipe is also refined sugar free. I like to use date sugar because it’s only ground up dates, so you get all the nutrients & fiber from the dates. It’s also much lower on the glycemic index.

I also use whole wheat flour instead of refined white flour for more fiber & nutrients. This Vegan Banana Bread Mug Cake has 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein making it a filling treat that’s not overly sweet.

5-Minute Vegan Banana Bread Mug Cake oil-free

Can You Make This Vegan Banana Bread Gluten-Free?

Full, disclosure I’m not a gluten-free expert baker. So I only give common substitutions, like using oat flour instead of whole wheat flour. But many find that oat flour is more gummy (because of the extra soluble fiber) so you may have to cook it longer.

If you don’t have celiac disease or aren’t gluten sensitive, then I recommend sticking with the whole wheat flour for the best texture. Gluten gets a bad rap because of a lot of marketing and misinformation. Only about 1% of the population are celiac and around 6% gluten-sensitive, so really 93% of the population can tolerate gluten-containing foods just fine.

For more information about gluten-free and whether or not you should avoid it, checkout this article from Food Revolution Network.

Where Do You Get Date Sugar?

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The Date Lady is a GREAT place to get date sugar, date syrup, dates, and many other date products! Use code SPBK10 to get 10% off your order!

Coconut sugar is another unrefined sugar that you can use instead of date sugar. If you want to sub maple syrup or date syrup, just know it will be more wet and probably take longer to cook. (FYI – I haven’t tested this, but just my guess)

How Ripe Should Your Banana Be?

I recommend you use a VERY ripe banana. One that has brown spots on the outside. The very ripe banana will make this plenty sweet without having to add too much date sugar or coconut sugar, and it will make it more moist and easier to mix together.

This recipe takes 1/3 cup banana, about 1 medium banana, but be sure to measure it.

Walnuts & Vegan Dark Chocolate Chips Are Great Mix-Ins

While this Vegan Banana Bread Mug Cake is good just as it is, adding in some chopped walnuts & vegan dark chocolate chips take it over the top!

There are many vegan brands of chocolate chips on the market these days.  Look for the darkest chocolate (around 70% or higher) and the least amount of added sugar.  Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels are good and can be found at most grocery stores and also on Amazon. There is also a 100% dark chocolate chip brand called Pascha that can be found on Amazon as well.

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5-Minute Vegan Banana Bread Mug Cake

You'll love this super fast vegan banana bread for a quick treat and is the perfect way to use up that last spotted banana!
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time2 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Servings: 1 mug
Calories: 222kcal
Author: Kim Murphy

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup mashed banana about 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened plant milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened applesause
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour oat flour for gluten-free
  • 1 tablespoon date sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1/16 teaspoon salt optional

Optional Add-Ins

Instructions

  • In a large mug, add the mashed banana, milk, applesauce, & vanilla. Whisk really well for about 30 seconds.
  • Add in the flour, date sugar, baking powder, salt, & cinnamon. Mix until well combined making sure to scrape the bottom of the mug. Fold in any add-ins.
  • Microwave for 90-120 seconds. Center should not be overly wet, but also not too dry; it will firm up more as it cools.
  • Let it cool for at least 3 minutes and then enjoy!

Notes

You can get date sugar from The Date Lady https://ilovedatelady.com/SPBK10 – use code SPBK10 to get 10% off!
There are many vegan brands of chocolate chips on the market these days.  Look for the darkest chocolate (around 70% or higher) and the least added sugar.  Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels are good and can be found at most grocery stores and also on Amazon – https://amzn.to/3NtXJf9. There is also a 100% dark chocolate chip brand called Pascha that can be found on Amazon – https://amzn.to/3RuLf7Z 
Nutritional Values do not include any optional mix-ins.

Nutrition

Serving: 1mug | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 605mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 86IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 1mg

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